The Fame Monster

Once upon a time there was a boy.  In the course of things he met a girl because of working on her project.  She was what you could call a star and he was nobody, but they kind of clicked and started spending time together.  She was a little bit damaged, and it seemed like being around him helped, she even seemed to need him.  They had fun, and despite warnings about what he was getting himself into he let himself believe that he could save her and that they could be together.  Of course that was not to be the case.  These stories never end well.  Except sometimes in the movies.

Oh, did you think I was talking about me?

The film is good.  Entertaining.  Michelle Williams shines, and hits the Marilyn nail, especially the vulnerability, remarkably well.  It’s never going to be easy playing such an iconic figure because everyone already has some idea of their persona so fixed in their mind.  It goes without saying that Judi Dench is superb as always, but Kenneth Branagh is a bit of a pill.  Maybe Sir Lawrence was in real life as well, but this performance reminded me of Gilderoy Lockheart.  And also made me want to rewatch Much Ado About Nothing.  Williams is really the reason to watch this, though.  A bit like with Meryl Streep and The Iron Lady.


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